Category: Explore

final Future Workshop today

We have run the first two Future Workshops with stakeholders from Mind in Bassetlaw, East Midlands, including volunteers, managers, the Clinical Commissioning Group mental health lead, service coordinators and of course service users, and today embark on the final workshop, a call to action. ...more

Phase 2 of Project

We look forward to starting Phase 2 of the project next week at Mind in Worksop. The 6 weekly workshops will be open to new members as well as the participants from Phase 1.... It will be great to go back and meet everyone again and hopefully some new people too! ...more

Phase One workshop reflections – participant films

Salamanda Tandem, a Nottingham based participatory arts organisation, are closely involved with An Internet of Soft Things: creative director Isabel Jones is a member of our advisory group, and she and partner Geoffrey Fielding have created a suite of beautiful short films with three of the phase one participants. Chris, Elaine and Meg all agreed to be interviewed on their experience of taking part in the workshops, and to be named in the films. Informed consent was personal to each of them, and we find that each focuses on a different aspect of the process. In a way these films might be called evidence, but they also demonstrate that in mental health normative forms of evidence, such as transcriptions of verbal accounts, and coherent narratives of recalled events, may simply not be feasible, or relevant. When you watch these films please bear in mind that Chris, Elaine and Meg live with quite different experiences of mental health issues, and that each day is different for them. In practical terms for research this can mean constraints on what can and cannot be included (such as faces, hands or voices); indistinct speech (or no speech at all); contradictory accounts of experience (within the filmed conversation, or in remembering previous experience); and a higher level of presence from the researcher or interviewer than 'objective' studies would call for. The three films can be viewed on Salamanda Tandem's YouTube page here. ...more

Phase 2 – Textile Residency

The second phase of the project is concerned with scaling up both the physical size of the e-textile things, and the network they are part of. We invited three textile artists to work with us for four days 14-18 June 2015 in the textile studio in the Bonington building at Nottingham Trent University. Sara Robertson, Lorna Smith and Joanne Hodge joined the textile and interaction design practitioners on the research team to explore advanced textile qualities and scenarios of use in An Internet of Soft Things. Sara brought with her a swatch book from one of the previous Paillard e-textile summer camps, which was fantastic to see, and she and Tincuta both attended the camp in July following this residency. ...more

A Narrative of An Internet of Soft Things – ArcIntex Network Conference 2015

This year we were extremely excited to be the next host for the the ArcInTex Network Conference. This was a packed week of  3 day and 1 day workshops and a 2 day symposium held between Nottingham Trent University and Antenna Nottingham. ...more

Last pilot study workshop………

.......... this afternoon! Looking forward to finishing making something and keeping fingers crossed it works   ...more